WakeECHO Global Ophthalmology Program
The Wake Forest ophthalmology residency has a well-developed international ophthalmology program. Historically, once or twice a year we have sent a team of experienced faculty surgeons along with senior residents and fellows for a busy week of cataract surgery at the Lion’s Club Eye Hospital Fraternidad in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Up to 200 phacoemulsification and MSICS procedures are performed to restore vision for Honduran patients. The team is frequently able to perform several cornea transplants as well.
This program is unique, because it takes place in a fully functional eye clinic and outpatient OR, staffed year-round by local ophthalmologists, which insures excellent pre-and postoperative care. Residents and fellows are taught manual surgery techniques by experts, giving sight to many patients who are blind from cataracts and other eye pathology. The goal is not only to help restore vision to those in need in Honduras, but to introduce and inspire our trainees to pursue international service.
This program has also provided opportunities in India and El Salvador, and is expanding to provide other subspecialty services including glaucoma and retina.
WakeECHO Honduras Brigade October 2022 Newsletter (pdf)
Residents, fellows and faculty from the education and training programs in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology talk about their experiences working on our global outreach missions in Honduras.